Your leaking thatched hut during the restoration of a pre-Enlightenment state.


Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


decay & ruin
Biosphere II
dead malls
Irving housing

got that wrong

appropriate tech
Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

fun social media stuff

(nobody does!)

Like my brownhouse:
   insisting on adding
Saturday, December 30 2023
Neither of us had bathed or showered in the better part of a week, but we'd had almost no sun over that period, meaning the water in the hot water tank was too cold to be boosted to shower temperatures by the electric just-in-time heating system. So I decided to run the boiler for a half hour or so to heat the tank up enough for us to bathe. While I was doing this, I went out on the laboratory deck to check for something that had disturbed me back in the fall: hot water circulating through the solar panels while running the boiler. I'm not sure what causes this, but it probably has something to do with some of the electric valves in the system either not working or being disabled (since normal summer operation doesn't require them). Sure enough, those pipes were warm. They weren't super hot, suggesting the flow in them might be completely passive. But it's a waste of energy, and I need to figure out a way to make it stop.

Later this evening, I implemented a generic system allowing some editing of data directly in list displays in the spec project I've been working on. This is particularly useful for turning on and off various tests to be run on a block of text. I could display a checkbox in the list and clicking on it caused an Javascript function to fire that then changed the enabled flag in the database. Once this framework was in place, I found it was easy to also allow for the changing of highlight colors from the test list as well. The only downside of this system is that the way I wrote it introduces a lot of security issues, though I was able to contain them by insisting on adding "AND user_id=[value from session]" in all the SQL updates it generates.
I'd taken 150 mg of pseudoephedrine early this afternoon, and it fully-counteracted the effects of 150 mg of diphenhydramine I took at about 7:30pm. After adding the new feature to my spec project, I decided I'd earned the ability to drink. I ended up staying up until 3:00am watching episodes of For All Mankind, ending up somewhere early in the shark-jumpy season 3.

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